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Tuesday, 4 June, 2002, 09:51 GMT 10:51 UK
Golden Jubilee: What will you be doing?
Celebrations at Buckingham Palace are underway as part of the four-day weekend to mark the Queen's Golden Jubilee.

The celebratory pop concert will go ahead on Monday evening despite a fire in the palace's west terrace. The weekend's celebrations also include fireworks displays, military parades and a National Service of Thanksgiving.

However, the celebrations are relatively low key compared to the Queen's Silver Jubilee in 1977.

Then, there were street parties across the UK, five million people turned out to watch the monarch make her way to St Paul's Cathedral in a golden coach, and half a billion TV viewers tuned in worldwide.

This time, Buckingham Palace is said to be reluctant to plan a national extravaganza for the Golden Jubilee in case of a low turn-out.

So what are you doing for the Queen's Golden Jubilee? Are you holding a street party? Were you there in 1977? What are your memories?


This Talking Point has now closed. Read a selection of your comments below.


I watched the Party at the Palace concert last night. It was absolutely fantastic!

Thomas Yasin, Birmingham, UK
I watched the Party at the Palace concert last night. It was absolutely fantastic! Tried to get tickets, but was not allotted any. I think this is a turning point for the monarchy. The queen has been very brave, moving with the times, and putting on a show that EVERYONE can identify with. God Save the Queen!
Thomas Yasin, Birmingham, UK

I enjoyed watching the Jubilee concert on TV. Why was there not a member of the Rolling Stones performing?
Gerald Bakker, Netherlands

I just wanted to say how impressed I was with Party at the Palace. Well done BBC. Are you going to repeat it? I'd love to see it again.
Mrs Eileen Johnson, England

I'm currently in Sweden for four weeks as part of my gap-year and am so glad to see the celebrations back at home for the Jubilee haven't been a disaster as everyone thought. I've had a drink to celebrate Her Majesty's 50 years and have sung a heart-felt God Save The Queen!
Tim Morgan, UK

Your antipodes will see the rock and roll concert this Wednesday night on the ABC. Wishing we were there.
Louise, Sydney, Australia


It is hugely disappointing to see so many people celebrate their positions as second-class citizens

Pat D., UK
It is hugely disappointing to see so many people celebrate their positions as second-class citizens and encouraging the traditions of bigotry and inequality this family typify. The Royals are pariahs, using public money for their own ends, living a life of luxury where they are answerable to no one. There is no place for this sort of "family" in a civilised and free society.
Pat D., UK

The children in Edinburgh are all at school today! Isn't that a great way to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee!!!
Pam, Edinburgh, Scotland

If gaining popularity means loosing your dignity, the price is just too high. I mean the pop concert at Buckingham Palace on Monday night; not the way to celebrate the Queen's Golden Jubilee.
C. Burggraaf, The Netherlands

What was saw Monday night was brilliant. That's what should have happened on the night of the Millennium celebrations - not the Dome. Well done BBC.
Ian Coutts, UK

How fitting for the UK that its citizens celebrate 50 years of a royal family that has a huge financial debt, are adulterous and have the cheek to act as if they are wealthy. Most of the queen's subjects mimic these traits too. I thank my lucky stars that I left the UK in the early 80's and have never looked back!
David Smith, Amsterdam, Holland


I'm enjoying the peace and quiet in London with everyone being away

Shula, England
I'm enjoying the peace and quiet in London with everyone being away. The roads are clear, the shops empty, you can park where you like and get in restaurants with ease. I don't know who or how many are celebrating, but they must be mostly tourists as the Londoners have all upped sticks and gone.
Shula, England

You underestimate the amount of 'street parties'. We had a wonderful party last night (Monday)- the whole street came and we danced well into the night. We didn't apply for permission as we held the celebration across one person's garden frontage. Marvellous. Several of our friends did the same and are doing the same this evening.
Frank Hawkins, England

The party was great. I was at Green Park, and have not slept because of work and the world cup. It was disappointing that the national anthem was not played when the queen entered the stage.
Tony, England

I will be waking up at 4:30 in the morning to throw my own little party as I watch the Jubilee on BBC America, while everyone else in the house sleeps. I will be lying on the couch eating the Hob Nobs I got from Scottish Fest and covering myself with my Harry Potter quilt, and giving a toast to the queen with my London mug. That's how I'm going to celebrate. Sounds like a bloody good time to me!
Jennie Mc, USA

Being half English from my mother's side, I am very proud that Britain has a head of state like Queen Elizabeth. Her Majesty should be congratulated for her never ending efforts to represent British interests in the most appropriate manner. Her golden jubilee is a time to reflect a thousand years of culture and tradition.
Saif AlMazrouei, United Arab Emirates

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